The Golden Circle illustrates the importance of starting with why. Organizations and leaders who are able to inspire the heart are able to start movements and bring change. Organizations and leaders who start with “What” are ineffective and whatever they do, it feels awkward and forced.

This past year, the leadership at the church plant I’m involved with, have been prayerfully preparing for a launch. As with any infant leadership, we’ve been struggling with identifying and setting the direction for the church plant. Like any other organization, we’ve been stuggling with our mission and vision. We’ve been struggling with identifying our “Why”.

But, in many ways, churches have a deeper and more meaningful “Why” than any other organization that I know. The reason we gather as a community, we invest so much resources and time, we sacrifice for our local church is because we have a deeper purpose than a stated mission/vision. Simply identifying our mission and vision wasn’t satisfying enough.

Most organizations starts with a why that looks like this:

  • Mission & Vision
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

Churches have a deeper & a more meaningful “Why” that starts with God. Here’s what looks like for churches:

  • God
  • Bible
  • Creeds & Confessions
  • Mission & Vision
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

Our mission & vision are framed by what our creeds & confessions state, which is derived and formulated from how we interpret the Bible, which is inspired by God. Ultimately, God is our purpose and I can’t think of anything more grounding and meaningful than that.

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